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President Column

President Column

May 2020

Let me start by wishing all of you a Happy National School Nurse Day, Wednesday, May 6! A few things have changed since our January update. Your ability to problem solve with your school team in the midst of this public health crisis is incredibly important work for our schools and the health of our overall community. I sincerely thank you! Thank you Kathy Schultz, Anoka Hennepin Schools, for our credit card holders from SNOM in celebration.

We have held one member’s only Zoom session to discuss essential worker childcare and the lessons we have learned throughout this process. It was well attended and a wonderful opportunity for us to problem solve together. We intend to have an upcoming similar format to discuss school re-opening. Although we follow the parameters given to us by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and our respective school administrators, we have found they are looking to us as the public health nurse to facilitate and collaborate community approach to this crisis. The opportunity for us to think together is helpful.

Thank you to our SNOM leadership group for their hard work developing a COVID-19 resource tool page. If you have not visited, check it out! Special thanks to Anna Sonday-Edina, Gretchen Gosh-Edina, Mary Jo Martin-Hopkins, Kimberly Pokrandt-Pine Island, Mary Heiman-Edina, Erika Yoney-MDH, RuthEllen Leuer-MDE, Sandy Munson-Walker, Hackensack, Akeley, Kim Sikkink-Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan, Molly Forrest-ISD 287, Deb Landin-Warroad, and Jennifer Nordstrand-St. Paul. Without their dedication and expertise, this site would not be possible.

We had our final regularly scheduled Board Meeting at the end of April. Congratulations to our newly elected leaders, Tara Cliff-Eastern Carver County (Vice President), Ellen Parker-Lakeville (Treasurer). Re-elected leadership include Gretchen Gosh-Edina (Secretary) and Deb Mehr-Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan (President). Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve this great community of nurses. Thank you to our retiring leaders Mary Yackley and Pam Walcher for all of your shared expertise, making us all better nurses. Please enjoy your retirement!

NASN has decided to move forward with a virtual experience for the Annual Conference. The summer testing window for NBCSN is July 9-August 5, with registration open through June 9. Stay tuned for updates surrounding our upcoming conferences, committee work, legislative activities and initiatives, and our next member’s only Zoom meeting. To review full Board Meeting notes, please visit the SNOM Website. Take care and be well!


Deb Mehr, President